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Sunday, 2 June, 2002, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Zidane recovering
Zinedine Zidane (centre) watches France's defeat by Senegal
Zidane (centre) has started light training again
Zinedine Zidane's condition is improving after treatment on his torn thigh muscle.

But the France star remains doubtful to face Uruguay.

He missed Friday's shock 1-0 defeat by Senegal because of the injury.

Zidane was able to go on a training run a day before attending a hospital in Seoul on Sunday for a recovery update.

But a French team official said the two-time World Footballer of the Year would return there for treatment for as long as necessary.

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It would surprise me if he was fit to play against Uruguay
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French coach Roger Lemerre
Coach Roger Lemerre admitted he would still be "astonished" if the 29-year-old returns for the Uruguay match.

"It would surprise me if he was fit to play against Uruguay," Lemerre said. "Zidane is working hard to recover.

"There are just four days before the Uruguay game.

"He has suffered a very annoying injury as we do not know how long it will take to heal."

Micoud materialising

Meanwhile the rest of the French squad were still digesting the defeat to the west African World Cup debutants Senegal.

"There's been no revolt yet - we're so disappointed that we're still trying to understand what happened to us," said captain Marcel Desailly.

Lemerre has given few clues about his plans to fill the creative role normally filled by Zidane.

Zidane applying ice to his torn thigh muscle
Zidane applying ice to his torn thigh muscle
The 34-year-old Youri Djorkaeff had a disappointing match against the Senegalese and Lemerre could be tempted to bring in Parma midfielder Johan Micoud.

Micoud had an excellent second half to the season in Italy and has the ammunition to supply potent strikers Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet.

The French players who did not play against Senegal took part in a low-key, hour-long practice match against South Korean club Anyang Cheetahs.

Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre scored the winning goal with a header.


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